Oct 4, 2007, 10:03 PM
Post #218 of 454
For me, my school selections are driven by a multitude of choices: location, attrition rate, strength of faculty, teaching opportunities, alumni connections, etc. Out of the 11 schools, close to half of the schools are located in the midwest. Why, well, partly because I've never lived in the midwest and, importantly, want to gain new experiences than places I've previously lived (i.e. New York City--twice, Florida--various times, and Louisiana--twice). My reasoning for picking UW-Madison as my top choice is for threefold: Lorrie Moore, UW's alumni (notably, Joyce Carol Oates, Wallace Stegner, and Eudora Welty--writing styles I've always enjoyed), and hearing--on several accounts--that Madison is becoming to be the next Austin (as in Austin, Texas). Despite the website's lack of information, I get the impression or feeling (nods to you) that the creative writing department at UW-Madison seems really laid-back and non-competitive. Getting a MFA program from any institution (whether it be Iowa or Temple) is what you make of it. Then again, I might be wrong. :)
Just out of curiosity, what are you mainly guiding your choices by? Like, I put Cornell at the top of my list for a combination of things, including just a feeling that I'd like it, haha, Epoch is definitely a plus, and I'm sure the Madison Review is a plus for Wisc-Madison, but do they have anything that's really cool? I don't really know much about it, but it is awfully close to home, compared with New York and Oregon.